Vintage Pens: Conklin Crescent 40
Vintage Pens: 1872 Conklin Crescent 40
Mark Twain became the first pen advertising spokesman when he was hired to pitch the Conklin Crescent. He famously proclaimed his love for the pens because they carried their own ink and wouldn't roll off his desk. Our Conklin Crescent 40 is a large, bordering on oversized (but maybe not quite), vintage pen maded of chased black hard rubber. The imprint and chasing are remarkably strong. We fully restored the pen with a new ink sac, and legendary nib expert Greg Minuskin retipped its 14k gold nib with a very smooth fine point. Click the headline to see the nib. We think it is a later model firmer Conklin nib that might have been a replacement in the 1930s. The rest of the pen looks original, including the inkfeed. The actual crescent has a little brassing on top. There is a little pitting in the tail. The hard rubber only seems to have discolored at the top and bottom of the pen. The cap has a great etched gold cap band with a floral pattern and blank initial space. 13.9cm capped.